Who Is This Person?

Eric J. Cassell

in The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine

Second edition

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195156164
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999880 | DOI:
Who Is This Person?

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This chapter discusses knowing and attempting to know a person over a period of time. It is believed that individuals are unknowable in their entirety, due to the fact that people change constantly and that a person can only see one aspect of an individual at any moment. The chapter discusses how to know people through their narratives, and looks at personal logic, social constraints, and disinterest in the nature of person.

Keywords: narratives; personal logic; social constraints; disinterest; nature of person; knowing a person

Chapter.  8847 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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